Michael Gove heralds Brexit opportunity to reshape environment policy

Defra Secretary Michael Gove has pledged to use Brexit as an opportunity to redevelop green policies surrounding the UK’s agricultural sector in a way that “puts the environment first”.

Mr Gove said the UK should replace the EU Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) with a system which rewards farmers for providing environmental benefits such as increasing biodiversity, planting more trees and developing carbon sinks.

This will help to “align the interests of farmers with those who care about our environment,” he said.

“We have an opportunity to ensure that we can develop the institutions and mechanisms the world will look to and admire as the most effective for protecting our environment and enhancing our countryside.”

(Source: Edie.net)

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